High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.
The eLearning Africa “Through your Lens” Photo Competition is back this year for its sixth edition, promoted by theeLearning Africa 2015 conference.
Hello Kabissa Friends,
As part of my research in environmental governance within and around Saadani National Park (SNP), I did cartographic and institutional analyses showing Tanzania National Parks Authority's (TANAPA) approach to unilaterally gazette the land of the small village of Uvinje as park of SNP.
Hello Kabissa Family, it’s been quite a while.
The current events leading up to the Nigerian elections have kept me thinking a lot of the next generation of Africans because they do not seem to be learning form the mistakes and foolishness of my generation and beyond.
Election propaganda #Nigerianelections has remained basically the same; inflammatory and inciting, this is quite pathetic.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI), a development fund of the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria is partnering with Projekthope, an NGO involved in capacity training of journalists to implement series of development projects for the purpose of enhancing the skills and capacity of reporters to report on gender and sexuality with more precision.
The project involves skills training in both Lagos and Abuja, newsroom audit of reporters attitude to covering sexuality and publication of a resource guide book to support the work of reporters covering the beat.
Take a moment and think about how you most often hear development work portrayed in the public discourse? Two divergent narratives come to my mind.
First, international aid is unashamedly tied to foreign policy objectives, money is wasted, and day-to-day aid work is challenging, if not futile. The narrative goes something like this: So-and-so country is poor or vulnerable. Rich countries try to help them. So-and-so is still poor and vulnerable.
On the other hand, according to many NGOs and international agencies, our day-to-day work in the development sector is instantly transformative, not to mention selfless. The narrative goes something like this: So-and-so person is poor or vulnerable. We [the organization] helps so-and-so. So-and-so is not poor anymore.
That’s a pretty polarizing view of anti-poverty and development work – all good or all bad. People working on the ground know that neither is an accurate picture of reality. And this reality is harder and harder for communications staff and the media to ignore.
On September 17th I will kick off a three-part webinar series for Kabissa: Engaging Blogging for African Civil Society.
In Africa (so I've learned) kings, elders, and leaders would hold meetings under baobabs to discuss important matters. So when I created a graphic for webinar series on blogging, I chose the baobab as a symbol.
In my career I have lived in Africa and have worked in several African countries, and I have worked with many African organizations.
However, the truth is that I have never participated in a meeting under a baobab tree. Whatever it is that those kings, elders, and leaders are discussing under those trees, they have never seen fit to invite me to these discussions.
Not pictured: me.
Why not? I'm sort of a smart guy. I know stuff.
The serious answer to the silly question is this: Nobody is going to ask me to share my wisdom under any tree unless I have been visibly engaged in a community over time demonstrating expertise, talent -- something of value to that community.
Blogging can be a valuable part of your communication strategy. Your organization does important work, doesn’t it? With blogging, you can reach and engage with the audiences who should know about the work that you do. Blogging can help to inform and remind people that you belong under the baobab tree, at the policy table, in the planning sessions, or in the implementation phase.
In the webinar series, we will talk about how to write and publish and disseminate effective content that will build audience and authority for your organization.
Regardless of the blogging platform you use, you can increase the impact of the posts you publish.
This series will cover writing, strategy, and some technical how-to. The lessons learned in the first two sessions will be applied when participants post on Blog Action Day, Oct 16 2014.
Blog Action Day is an opportunity to bring new readers to your blog, when bloggers around the world will publish on the topic of inequality.
The third session will cover evaluation the success of your blog following Blog Action Day, and going forward.
Baobab graphic © Nevit Dilmen [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Baobab photo © ACEI Cheung [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Blog Action Day has been a fixture in the Kabissa calendar since 2008, and I am excited to see it is back again in 2014 with a compelling and timely theme - inequality.
As Karina Brisby from the Blog Action Day team writes in her post announcing the inequality theme:
Whether it is economic, racial, gender, disability, faith, sexuality, health, education, political, social status or age, inequality unfortunately seems to be on the rise, affecting more people and limiting the opportunities they have, in many different ways.
For Blog Action Day 2014, we want you to think about inequality and contribute to the global discussion on October 16, by writing blog posts, creating video or graphics, taking photos, sharing interesting stats and facts, or just commenting on other people’s posts.
You might want to cover how you, your friends, family or community have been directly affected by inequality, how an historic situation was overcome, or a current issues that needs addressing.
Kabissa is again a proud Blog Action Day supporting partner. We believe the blogging event provides a valuable opportunity for Kabissa members working in African Civil Society, especially those at the grassroots who might struggle to find channels for reaching out internationally to new supporters and partners.
We do hope you decide to participate. All you have to do is add your blog or social media profile to the Blog Action Day participants list, and on 16 October publish your blog article. and spread it using hashtags #blogaction14 and #inequality.
If you do not already have a blog you are most welcome to blog on Kabissa - all you have to do is ask.
And, even more importantly, if you want to learn to start blogging or brush up on your blogging skills, please join our Engaging African Blogging webinar series starting up in mid September. It's free, is specifically designed for African civil society bloggers, and comes with personalized mentoring from Ted Johnson, an experienced blogger and the latest addition to the Kabissa volunteer team.